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Mustang Insider 2018

Mustang Insider 2018

Editorial Board

April 26, 2018


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Welcome to the Mustang Insider - the Lasso's annual profile series. This year, we take a deeper look at some of the people in our school community whose stories inspire and entertain us. Click on an image below to explore the series. Leave us comments! Photos and photo editing by Tenzin Namgyel Photo collag...

Soccer versus school: Cole Hellert

Soccer versus school: Cole Hellert

Evan Jones, News Editor

April 26, 2018


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It’s 25 degrees outside and snowing. The snow rages and with little signs of it letting up. School is cancelled. Most students would take this opportunity to curl up in bed for at least a few more hours. However, as I quickly learned through my conversation with him, sophomore Cole Hellert is diffe...

Pushing limits one photo at a time: Tenzin Namgyel

Pushing limits one photo at a time: Tenzin Namgyel

Anna Tarter

April 26, 2018


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When most  people think of a tool, they imagine a hammer or wrench. Nationally recognized photographer and senior at George Mason Tenzin Namgyel on the other hand, views his trusty camera as just as valuable. “Everytime I pick up a camera, I get a nice familiar feeling. It’s the same as if you...

14.6k and counting: Nicole Bloomgarden

14.6k and counting: Nicole Bloomgarden

Sierra Sulc, Editor-in-Chief

April 26, 2018


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I don’t know about you, but for me, 14.6k followers on Twitter is an impressive number, to say the least. However, for senior Nicole Bloomgarden, her follower count is not that interesting. As she stretched out across the small set of steps at the end of the senior hallway, Nicole struggled to pinpoint interesting aspects of her life.  She pointed out her love for video ma...

Ms. Rafique: Tough Teacher, Animal Softie

Ms. Rafique: Tough Teacher, Animal Softie

Sarah Lambert

November 17, 2017


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After their first class with newly arrived science teacher Ms. Kishwar Rafique, students were a little intimidated. Rafique has a strong personality and she tells it like it is. She warned her freshmen, for example, that if they didn’t stay on top of their work, failure should be expected. But many st...

Addison Rasmussen, 17 and already a business owner

Addison Rasmussen, 17 and already a business owner

Melissa Boyle

October 13, 2017


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Junior Addison Rasmussen is notorious throughout the school for his intelligence and talent when it comes to technology.   "He's a good guy. He's really intelligent when it comes to computers and he's a really social person all in all," junior Matthew Ng said. Even before I really knew Rasmuss...

A hidden voice at Mason

A hidden voice at Mason

Gabriella Stevens

April 24, 2017


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Among the many students at Mason, freshman Isabel Davis seems like every other. Once you get to know her, however, you will find that this is far from true. Isabel Davis is a lover of animals and a determined athlete. “I’m kind of shy but also kind of a happy person and I guess I’m kind of ...

The robotastic Carter Fendley

The robotastic Carter Fendley

Fernanda Molina, Managing Editor

April 24, 2017


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Try to think of one activity you do for more than 300 hours every year. I bet you can’t. Luckily for you, I know Carter Fendley, who can actually recall that he spends over 300 hours a year on robotics. Carter Fendley was born in Fairfax, Virginia and is a lifer in FCCPS. He is a well-kn...

Open the curtains for Alec Reusch

Open the curtains for Alec Reusch

Chiara Tartaglino

April 24, 2017


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The chill of the freshly fallen snow seeped in through the double doors of the theater wing as I sat across from George Mason High School’s very own Mr. Mason - Alec Reusch. We sat within eyesight of the stage, where the Mason student body, staff, and countless other family and friends have watc...

Do-it-yourself Dilao

Do-it-yourself Dilao

Rachel Doornbosch

April 21, 2017


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I knew Andrea Dilao was a legend even before I met her for an interview. Andrea Dilao, who wears the title “Miss Mason,” is not only famous for her outstanding work for the Student Council Association (SCA), but also for her role as a volleyball captain, her excellent tennis skills, and the fact tha...

‘Botics with Boesen

‘Botics with Boesen

Evelyn Duross

April 21, 2017


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As a kid who was only allowed thirty minutes of screen time everyday, Erik Boesen has defeated the odds to become what many teachers and students at Mason call tech savvy. Computer science is not cut out for everyone, so when I asked what made Erik stick with the subject and what made it so specia...

Beyond the classroom with Ms. Taylor

Beyond the classroom with Ms. Taylor

Celeste Nguyen

April 21, 2017


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Ms. Katia Taylor, a French teacher at George Mason High School, often shares her stories of France with her classes. Intrigued, I decided to dig deeper and uncover more of her life and experiences in France and in the USA. When I entered room C108 to interview Taylor, she greeted me with a smile. ...

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